The last interview
which Mahatma Gandhi gave to Margrate Bourka White in the early
afternoon on 30th January, 1948 was on “His persistence in his
theory of non-violence in the event of a nuclear attack on a city.”
The Mahatma’s reply was that if the defenseless citizens died in a
spirit on non-violence, their sacrifice would not in vain; they
might all pray for the soul of the pilot who had thoughtlessly
sprayed death on the city. This was the last message of compassion
to mankind. Gandhi had said,” Non-Violence is the greatest force at
the disposal of mankind. It is mighter than the mightiest weapon of
destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.
Gandhi had further said,” I do not believe in shortcuts which involve violence.
However, much I sympathize with admire worthy motives, I am an
uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest
causes. There is, therefore, really no meeting ground between the
school of violence and myself.”1
The heart that bled at the sight of the misery of others was bled to death on 30th
January, 1948 with the three death dealing slugs buried deep in it.
The Mahatma has given the way of all saints? India has lost her
soul, but his spirit lives and that spirit will continue to live
among us as long as India survives.2
Hence, relevance of Gandhi is unquestionable and it is so much time tested that in
spite of the global apprehension and debate about it, the last hope
of human kind is Gandhi and Gandhi alone, but Gandhi is so humble
and docile that he warns the posterity to refrain from his views,
ideas and thoughts as “ Gandhism.” Gandhi rightly said, “There is as
yet nothing like Gandhism” but Kripalani prefers the title “The
Gandhian Way.” Gandhi all through, went on his experiments in the
practice of Truth and Non-violence. Gandhi was neither an academic
philosopher nor a system builder. He was essentially a freedom
fighter, a social reformer and a practical man. Not like a social
scientist, but like a scientist, Gandhi was highly experiment
oriented. So his aim was to bring every problem, social, political,
economic or otherwise, face to face with truth as it may present
itself at a given moment.
Gandhi’s autobiography is called “The Story of My Experiment with Truth.” His
close associate, Dhirendra Majumdar says that philosophy is nothing
but only a way of life. So is the case with Dada Dharmadhikari, one
of the greatest interpreters of Gandhian ideology, when he says that
there is nothing like “ism” with Gandhi.
As a freedom fighter, as a philosopher, as a moralist, as a spiritualist and
above all as practitioner of truth, the Mahatma is relevant not for
today only but for tomorrow as well. At a global level, when
violence is being condemned, religious fundamentalism is rebuked,
high technology with its high profile is not going to solve the
problem of the teeming millions of people of the world, Gandhi is
the only hope of survival for the whole of the humanity at large. We
see E. M. Sumachar’s “Small is beautiful” in Gandhi’s thought,
which is the only hope for survival.
In the preceding paras, a detailed study of relevance of Gandhian Thought from
different angles shall be presented as follows:-
1. How to Make Religion Relevant?
From time immemorial, human being is practicing some religion or other in
their day to day life. Every body considers his religion as the
supreme and others religion as inferior. This feeling of superiority
of one’s own religion has manifested into a number of wars to prove
one’s own superiority and thus killings of innocent persons at the
alter of religion is so dangerous that even now terrorism is vividly
viewed from the angle of religion. Recently Osama Bin Laden and his
Al-quiada have advised President Bush and his men to accept Islam or
face the music. This dreaded approach has made human being savage
and brutal but Gandhi has a beautiful answer to such an evil. He
says, “All religions adhere to the fact that “his God is the Truth.”
If it is so with one religion, it is true with other religions also.
Thus Gandhi brings out the common point from all religions and for
him “Truth is God.” If this concept is accepted by all there shall
be no war/ hatred or ill-will against any religion. Why not adhere
to this beautiful principle? If this is brought into practice,
religions of all will be respected by all. Hence, Gandhi has to be
studied in a simple way as regards religion is concerned.
However, over and above this, Gandhi has more to say about religion. After a long
study and experience, Gandhi came to conclusion that “ (1) All
religions are true; (2) All religions have some error in them;(3)
All religions are almost as dear to me as my own Hinduism”3 Gandhi
upholds different religions like different roads coming to the same
point.”4 However it is useless to make distinction between different
abodes of god-temples, mosques and churches. Though religions are
many but Religion is one. As a tree has single trunk but many
branches and leaves, so there is one true and perfect religion but
it becomes many, as it passes through the human medium.5
Here, there is no scope for fanaticism or exclusiveness in religion. Gandhi Ji rightly
said that ‘Mine is not a religion of the prison house.6 This
statement is a proof against insolence, pride of race, religion or colour.
He never subscribed to the fanatic view “that there can or
will be on earth one religion.”7 He was always adhering for mutual
tolerance. His religion is“ Sarva Dharma Sambhava (Equal Approach to
All Religions.) It is very near to Swami Vivekanand’s ‘Universal
Religion’ or Tagore’s ‘Religion of Man’. His Religion unites men of
different faiths and brings them on the same platform to reach the
ultimate truth i.e. the spirit of huminity and thus conflict shall
be resolved amicably and with temperance and not with superiority of
one over other. Gandhi’s Religion makes a man spiritual and
scientific. As Vinoba rightly describes that spirituality plus
science means Sarvodaya (total upliftments) but spirituality minus
science means Sarvanas (total destruction).
Thus, if Gandhi’s concept of religion is practiced, there shall be no scope of hatred,
animosity, enmity, war and destruction. If we have to save the world
of today from catastroph, there is only way and that is the Gandhian
way to practice the universal religion which shall herald an era of
peace, tranquility and harmony on earth. This is how Gandhi’s
concept of Religion is of eminent value for all time to come.
2. Changed Concept of Politics
regarded as a game to achieve power, to regain power and to retain
power. In the western concept, politics till date, has been viewed
as power politics, where morality or value had no place but now this
concept has almost been abandoned. Now even western thinkers have
started talking about the moral values in politics, whereas from the
very beginning, from Gandhi, politics was all pervading and hence,
his war of Indian Independence had to be fought with the twin
weapons of Truth and Non-violence, which ultimately became a
movement and he called it Satyagrah. For him, politics opens the
door of ‘service’ and not for using or usurping power.
For Gandhi, politics is moral problem of value. This has been beautifully
described by Arnold Brecht as “Scientific Value Relativism”8. Need
of the hour is to revolutionise politics by ethics. “Unless the
moral and spiritual qualities of the people are appropriate, the
best of political system and constitutions will not work.”9 “Morals
serve the cause of progress. Morality serves the great task of the
social revolutions of our times” – Prof. A. Shishkin of the
Institute of Philosophy of Academy of Sciences (Moscow).10
In Modern times, we see that politics is rooted in deceit and dishonesty and is bound
to create greater deceit and greater dishonesty. Hate must generate
hate and violence greater violence. Thus the need of the hour is to
“moralise politics.”11 Gandhi’s prophetic emphasis is “there is no
politics devoid of religion.”12 All through the Indian Freedom
Movement, it was Gandhi and Gandhi alone who, in reality, practiced
politics on religious foundations as he always used to put emphasis
on his often repeated saying i.e. “ Politics bereft of religion is a
So far, the world has seen only the use of physical force and the force of law but
Gandhi had carved out the Third Force14 or the self reliant moral
power of the people.15
Gandhi stands for people’s politics and not Party Politics. Actually, power must pass
into the hands of the people at all levels; initiatives must pass to
the people. He pleads for partyless democracy. Emergence of people’s
democracy will herald a new era of democratic decentralization i.e.
the Swaraj (Self Rule) is needed from below.16
In Gandhian Politics, democracy becomes the rule of the people and depends more
and more upon the power of the people and not upon the power of the
police or military. Thus democracy and violence can not go
together.17 Hence Gandhi pleads for the “Moralisation of Wishes.”18
and “Voluntary Action19 must remain the basis of democratic life and culture.
Through Satyagrah (Non-Violent Resistance), Gandhi resists injustice and exploitation
and thus purifies the politics. This gives an alternative to the
bullet20 Dr. Martin Luther King II in the USA and the Norwegians
School Teachers in 1942-43 against the Quisling Government amply
demonstrates the power and strength of the Non-Violent Resistance (Satyagrah)
against the authoritarian regimes.
Thus Gandhian Politics has a dominant and constructive role to play. He was
against narrow nationalism. His concept of politics was for higher
values. “Through deliverance of India”, he said, “I seek to deliver
the so called weaker races of the earth from the crushing wheels of
western exploitation.”21 And it happened so and in due course most
of the weaker nations emerged as free nations after India achieved
Independence. We fought for others Independence also and the latest
in the series is the war of Bangladesh’s freedom in 1971. Now, the
politics of exploitation has been uprooted and the politics of
service is visualized through democratic ideals. Party Politics is
being replaced by people’s power. Service to the people and their
amelioration is gradually becoming the summum bonum of the states
all over the world and hence relevance of Gandhian Politics can not
3. Is Gandhian Democracy Acceptable?
of Self Rule (Swaraj) is real democracy, where people’s power rests
in the individuals and each one realizes that he or she is the real
master of one’s self. Thus people are sovereign in a democracy but
in a parliamentary democracy, party system has a vital role to play.
However, Gandhi was highly critical of the parliamentary democracy
and in his monumental book “Hind Swaraj” (Self Rule or Home Rule, he
has called the British Parliament as a “sterile women and a
prostitute”22, though for him “good government is no substitute for
There is contradiction in the statement of Gandhi about parliamentary
democracy but while diving deep into the democratic ideals, he has
said, “Democracy, disciplined and enlightened is the finest things
in the world.”24 At the same time, he also cautions people against a
whole-sale copying of the Western Model of democracy, where there
are only nominal democracies. However, he has highest regards for
Democracy and he calls it as “a great institution” and again
conscious people and says, “It is liable to be greatly abused.”25
Even today, all over the world, democracy is widely accepted
principle of the system of governance and there is no alternative to democracy.
Thus it is abundantly clear that for future, Gandhian concept of democracy is
the only hope, where it must be practiced at the grass–root level,
party system to be built up on accepted principles and not on
partisan line, defection should be done away with and recall of
recalcitrant representatives must be adhered to. Defects and
demerits must be removed from the present democratic form of
governance. People’s power must be accepted to make democracy safe,
otherwise if the democracy is abused or misused, the future of
people is doomed.
4. Foundation of Social Dynamics
Dr. V.P. Verma
discusses thoroughly about the social philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi
and he says, “Gandhi never sanctioned the doctrine of caste war,
class struggle and fight between races. The very survival of mankind
amidst all adverse challenges and antithetical impediments is a
testimony to the significance of non-violence and he stated that
Rishis (Saints) who affirmed the efficacy of ahimsa (non-violence
were greater geniuses than Newton, the celebrated founder of the
laws of gravitation and motion. Hence, Gandhi wanted to solve
problems of social tension, social disharmony and social
disequilibrium by resorting to the techniques of collaboration,
sympathetic accommodation and genuine brotherly solidarity.”26
For Gandhi, removal of untouchability was not a matter of political arithmetic
but it was to be the genuine transformation of the heart. Like a
devotee of the Gita, he was trying to see the Eternal Sprit in the
suppressed populations and sub-human creatures.” Says V.P. Verma.27
“Gandhiji’s unremitting crusade against social inequality and the humiliating
conditions to which the backward sections and the so called
untouchables were exposed in Indian society and this has been
epoch-making. No other social prophet in the long span of India’s
history has been so Catholic, so universal and as humane in his
attitude to the untouchables as Gandhi.”28
Gandhi was a protagonist of the common good of all the inhabitants of India
because as a religious man, he believed in Hindu-Muslim unity on
moral grounds.29 He never made distinctions among people on social,
religious and caste consideration. His Satyagrah in South Africa was
launched to redeem the civic rights of the Indian community amongst
whom the Muslims constituted a majority and controlled the larger
share of wealth.”30
Gandhi all through his life practiced and stood for the communal harmony. This was the
cardinal philosophy of his social dynamics. He was of the opinion
that without communal harmony, nation can not progress because in
its absence, communal hatred would eat away the vitals of the
society. He always stood for communal peace and he wanted to teach
through his life and activities that society without peace and
tranquility can not progress and development shall remain a far cry.
Even now, this is but essential as we know that terrorist tries to
create communal disharmony and tensions in the society. The recent
series of bomb explosions in many parts of Maharashtra including
Mumbai and Maleogoan must be eye opener for all of us that without
Gandhian approach to social dynamics, India can not progress. This
is not true for India alone but for the whole universe as communal
harmony is the need of the hour for all round progress, peace and
prosperity. Thus, here also, Gandhi seems to be relevant for all
time to come. If we ignore Gandhi, we are ignoring our future and
posterity will take serious note of our failure to establish
Gandhi was candid enough to recognize the grave social evils with which the original
vedic Varna (caste) had become encumbered in the course of its
evolution, and he condemned in unmeasured terms the social
enormities and perverse exploitation practiced in the name of caste superiority.
Untouchability, too, for him was irrational and denial of Ahimsa (non-violence). As
a Vedantist and a Vaishnava, Gandhi believed in the spiritual
oneness of all lives, and hence, he was absolutely opposed to
untouchability. The eradication of untouchability, root and
branches, was a matter of atoning for the sins of the cruel
sections of the Hindu World. Eradication of untouchbility was an
issue of transcendental value, surpassing even political
independence. All through his life, he fought for this noble cause
and spent sleepless night with the scavengers and he considered it
as a slur on Hinduism and therefore, he has said out of aguish that
if he takes rebirth, he would like to be born in the Scavengers
family. Against Communal Award, he went unto the fast unto death and
ultimately, it was Dr. Ambedkar, who saved his precious life through
the historic Poona Pact as the Macdonald Award would have fragmented
India into many parts.
Gandhism is an inarticulate and mostly unwritten philosophy but nevertheless, it
presents a definite pattern of beliefs and the world, capable of
generating very active force forwards ‘social change’ or social
revolution’. For developing Gandhian Thought, Acharya Vinoba and to
great extent, Jai Prakash and Dada Dharmadhakari adhered hard to
bring about social changes purely on Gandhian pattern and
principles. Hence, Vinoba puts emphasis on Third Force (Tisri Shakti)
and women power (Stri Shakti) and J. Ps. emphatic pursuit of people’s
power (Lok Shakti) and Youth Power (Yuva Shakti) have to be studied
very carefully. It is in the fitness of things to accept the fact
that it was imperative to strengthen peoples power through the
formation of ‘Peoples Committees’ (Lok Samiti) as a safety-value
against civilian or military dictatorship. To strengthen the Youth
Power (Yuva Shakti), Youth Peace Force (Tarun Shanti Sena) was to be
formed at all levels to bring about social changes. In 1974,
Revolution, Youth Force (Yuva Shakti) was renamed as Chatra Yuva
Samgarsh Vahini (Student-cum-Youth Action Force). This organization
became the vanguard of total revolution during 1974-77.
Now, it is an accepted fact that, Sarvodaya concept of social change is
multidimensional and a safety valve against abuses of State Power.
Intellectually, it is a better guarantee of democracy than any thing
else. However, this is still not mature enough to bring about social
changes as per expectations of Gandhian Thought. Hence, the
information of a World Peace Force (Vishwa Shanti Seva) has been
conceived to bring about desired social change on Gandhian
Principles at the World level. Cautious efforts in due course will
bring expected results when peaceful and non-violent social order
could be visualized. The road is difficult but aim is laudable and
we have no alternative also as we have either to live together or
5. Economic Relevance including Trusteeship:
philosophy is inspired by John Ruskin (1819-1900) and he was
immensely inspired, almost ‘captured’ by his book “Unto This Last”32 He established Phoenix Settlement in 1904 near Durban in South
Africa based on Economic Philosophy of John Ruskin. This settlement
was ultimately converted into a Public Trust.
Gandhi Condemned the nineteenth century doctrine of laissez-faire which is the
political basis of capitalism33 and he said that labour was superior
As we all know by now that Gandhi was against industrialism and Big Machines and not
against machines as such.
Gandhi was firm believer in Rural Economy and ownership of the land by its tillers.
His heart bled to see the misery of the Indian villagers and hence he formulated his
famous “Constructive Programme” for thorough improvement in the life
of the simple peasant. He was an eloquent prophet of cottage industries.
Khadi stood for the revival and rejuvenation of the Indian Village communities. For
him, khadi was the symbol of Swadeshi.35
Man should earn his bread by the sweat of his labour. This idea was initially
sponsored and supported by St. Paul, St. Augustine and T. M.
Bonareft. Gandhi not only preached but also practiced this concept
of bread labour in his South African days.36 Here, he was inspired
by Leo Tolstoy and even Peter Kropotkin, the Russian anarchist.
Concept of Trusteeship was derived from the conception of Aparigrah
(non-possession) of the Gita. With the passage of time, Gandhi37
went on adding on economic and sociological content to the rather
moralistic conception of trusteeship. He stated that in case, the
rich would not become willing trustees, satyagrah was to be resorted
to, against the holder of wealth. In 1938, he said, “A trustee has
no heir but the public.”38
This implies that the community or the state has also a right in the prosperity of the
moneyed classes. He wanted that the rich should become trustees of
their surplus wealth for the good of the society. Thus the society
was to be regarded as an extension of the family.39
Modern economics has solved almost all the problems of the production but the problem
of distribution is a far cry even today. According to the Gandhian
Theory in the ideal society, there should be equality of wages not
only for labourer but also for the other members of the different
professions. All persons should be supplied with the necessaries to
satisfy their natural needs. Thus Gandhi inculcated the
revolutionary doctrine of equality of wages for lawyer, the doctor,
the teacher and the scavenger as the panacea for socio-economic
evils. He extends Ruskin’s conception40 of the equality of wages to
all kinds of labour and pleads for equal distribution41. Thus, it is
amply proved that only through Gandhian Economic thought the
gigantic problem of distribution could be solved, which is the heart
searching difficult exercise among the well wishers of the society
as without this, the future of humanity seems to be dark and the
greatest catastrophe is an on anvil and no one could avert it for
all time to come. Hence, the relevance of Gandhian Economic Thought
and Trusteeship principles has to be given a serious exercise.
6. Educational Relevance
True education is
that which draws out and stimulates the spiritual, intellectual and
physical faculties.42 According to Gandhi, the aim of education
should be build the whole man and develop his integral personality.
“Literacy in itself is no education. It is no the end of education
nor even the beginning.”43 Aim of education should be to develop to
the full potentialities of energy of the children. Education is
simply the process of bringing out what is latent is man.
External education is neither Sat (True) nor Asat (Untrue), but different from both,
hence Anirvachaniya (beyond explanation). Therefore, it is an
illusion to think that education alone can develop the soul. In that
sense, it has very little reality.44
Learning without courage is like a waxen statue, beautiful to look at but bound to
melt at the least touch of a hot substance.45 On the other hand, if
the foundations of moral training are firmly laid “the children
could learn all other things themselves.”46
Gandhi wanted to build up a new society but he was apprehensive that it cannot be
build up with old educational system. Education is worthless, if it
fails to inculcate the spirit of service and sacrifice. ‘Education,
if it is vital thing, it must shed its fragrance on its
surroundings.”47 It must reflect and respond in a genuine way to the
life of the people living around.48
A school should not be attached to workshop. The workshop itself is the school. We
should learn while we earn and vise-versa. The whole of general
education should come through crafts and simultaneously with their
progress. This is the only method of producing49 fully developed
human beings.50 Except for the scholastics all others agree that
work should find a place in the educational curriculum. Some regard
work merely as an appendage51 without accepting its needs. However,
the real technique of education should be the technique of
correlation.52 Activity draws out the latent capacities of the child
which is the aim of education. Hence, it is the best technique of
education judged even from the purely educational and psychological
view points.54 So, on the one hand, there is the explosion of
knowledge, on the other, there is the explosion of man himself.
Jawaharlal Nehru speaks the Gandhian language, when he says
“Education must develop individuals with harmonious personalities
for the establishment of a peaceful and harmonious world.”55
Gandhi’s concept of Basic Education has got the maximum attention. It aims at all
round development of human personality. His primary emphasis is on
the 3’H’s i.e. – Head, Heart and Hand, rather than on 3 R’s i.e. –
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. For Gandhi, The true development of
head, heart and soul are necessary for a satisfactory system of
“In his scheme, vocational training or work experience occupied a central position
as he wanted education to be responsive to socio-economic need of
the Indian society. Perhaps, this was one of the reasons for his
aversion to book oriented/Central Education at the expense of
education through crafts.”57
The Basic Education envisaged by Gandhi aimed at producing self reliant and
good citizens. In order to regain India’s lost glory and prestige,
Gandhi’s educational ideas based on value-orientation have to be
reemphasized. The education curricula should be value laden as well
as information oriented. Eradication of illiteracy and spread of
education is the prime need of the hour so that the citizens of
Twenty First Century can be alert and enlightened.”58
Before, Gandhi’s concept of education through “Basic Education” could take off and
materialized, it could not be implemented with true spirit and
hence, there is apprehension in the mind of the educationists about
its efficacy, usefulness and relevance for modern time. However, men
of higher thinking always ponder over the failure of the present
educational system, which has simply multiplied the number of so
called educated unemployed and this huge army of educated unemployed
is becoming a menace for the polity and society both. Still there is
a ray of hope to get the Gandhian concepts of value education
implemented to save the society from peril and total destruction.
7. A Gandhian Idea of World Government and World Peace
wrote: “Nationalism is not the highest concept; the highest concept
is world community. I would not like to live in this world, if is
not to be one.” The quintessence of divine wisdom, “Vasudhaiv
Kutumbkum”or (“Mankind is one family”), proclaimed by India
millennium ago, was the ultimate aim of Mahatma and his thought.
Hence, his greatest follower, adviser and interpreter, Achary Vinoba
Bhave has a great slogan ‘ Jai jagat ‘ or ‘Hail one World.”
Nation States have seen a plethora of wars and devastations on large scale and hence
idea of world government, if materialized will end the disparity a
real cause of disharmony among the people of the different nations.
This is why supra- national institutions like the E-E.C. are
becoming more necessary today than before. The institutions like the
IMF, G.A.T.T., IBRD, FAO, WHO, ILO etc. are charged with the
solution of humanity pressing problems of hunger, disease and
illiteracy. At the same time compulsion of war expenditure is
another constant reminder for us, to consider seriously the question
of bringing the whole world under one government. So Prof. Arnold
Toynbee also said, “If we do not abolish war, war is going to
abolish us.” The warning of the Father on the Nuclear Bomb, Albert
Einstein is much more serious: “I do not know about the Third World
War but in the Fourth World War, they will fight with sticks and stones.”
“Peace is after all indivisible. There can not be peace in one part of the world and
war in another. Peace can be ensured in the world if a single
government wields control over the armaments. In fact, no sacrifice
would be too big to achieve world peace – be its surrender of a part
of the national sovereignty or renunciation of the use of force in
settling, international disputes. And, if humanity is to survive, it
will have to bring itself under the control of one authority and the
sooner it is done, the better will be for its own sake.”59
Gandhi’s nationalism, fierce though it is, is not exclusive, not designed to
harm any nation or individual.60 His nationalism was the essential
precondition of sound internationalism. “Through Swaraj (Home Rule),
we would serve the whole world.”61 Indian nationalism is not
exclusive, or aggressive nor destructive. It is health giving,
religious and therefore, humanitarian, “India must learn to live
before she can aspire to die for humanity.”62 He further said, “ I
would like to see India free and strong so that she may offer
herself as a willing and a pure sacrifice for the betterment of the
world.”63 He went further….. “My idea of nationalism is that my
country may die so that the human race may live.64 Gandhi frankly
hints at some sort of world federation, when he says: “ The better
mind of the world desires today not absolutely independent states
warning one against another but a federation of friendly
interdependent states.”65 Further he said, “ The only condition
on which the world can live is being united under one central
governing body composed of representatives of the component
In 1931, while speaking about the League of Nations at Geneva, he said, “It is
expected to replace war, and by its own power to arbitrate between
nations.”67 but the same time, he candidly said, “That League lacks
the necessary sanction.”68 As the arch patriot of his own ideology
of non-violence, Gandhi was against any sanction of brute physical
force. At the same time of San Francisco Conference for the
formation of the UNO, Gandhi had said, “The retention of an
International Police Force is by no means an emblem of peace.
Shedding of belief in war and violence is essential to the
establishment of real peace based on freedom and equality of all
races and nations”(17.04.1945). He was dead against an armed peace
imposed upon the forcibly disarmed.69
Thus, Gandhi had categorically pleaded for a world government because it would have
heralded an era of peace. However, peace keeping force is not
supported by him, Vishwa Shanti Sena (International Peace Force) is
the only solution. In the present Uni polar world, its importance
has further increased and Gandhi is becoming relevant day in and day out.
Gandhi was a perpetual moral rebel who called for organized movement against
imperialistic, virulence, social exploitation, economic oppression
and slavery to immoral propensities.
At a time when thinkers in the realm of philosophies and social sciences are trying
to take stock of the Eastern Heritage and Western Thought, Gandhi
stands as a symbol of the conjunction of the East and the West. The
service of Gandhi in awakening the soul of Asia and Africa is of
immense importance. Ho-Chi-Minh and Nelson Mandela have testified to
the inspiration of the leaders and activists of the two continents
Asia and Africa, received in their work from the trials, sufferings
and teachings of the Mahatma. Even the Negro liberationists in North
America under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King II received
inspiration from him.
Romain Rolland had recognized the moral significance of the work of the Mahatma. Both
Einstein and Tagore testified to the spiritual eminence of Gandhi.
At a time, when cultural norms are collapsing and structure of
civilization is imperiled, the deathless spirit of Gandhi stands as
a mighty Himalaya an immense source of strength to those devoted to
the emancipation of mankind.70
Now in the twenty first century, Gandhi is a world phenomenon. It means, as if he has
been reborn. The world knows that Dr. Martin Luther King II, Lekh
Walesa, Nelson Mandela, Ho-Chi-Minh, Yung – Su –Ky, Mr. Aryaratna,
Daisaku Ikeda and a host of the geniuses of the world have followed
the footprints of the great Mahatma. In 1981, 53 Nobel Prize
winners’ men and women of the both Hemisphere warned us of an
unprecedented holocaust, encompassing all the horrors of
exterminations and extending the frontiers of barbarism and death.
Strangely enough, they all unanimously look to one man-Gandhi and
his non-violent action to fight the most fundamental battle of human
rights- the right to life.
After almost 60 years of martyrdom, Gandhi is now more relevant on global level than
before. Specially, after 9/11 of 2001, the terroristic attacks on
Twin Tower World Trade Centre and Pentagon buildings of the USA,
Gandhi is remembered more with reverence than merely casually. He is
being recognized as a great leader of action, a Liberator and a
Prophet Martyr all over the universe. What is needed at the hour is
to implement his deeds, actions and thoughts into practice and thus,
his relevance in different fields is unquestionable and
unchallengeable. For the very survival of human being, it is
imperative on our part to act upon his advice because only on his
relevance, we shall survive together or if we fail in our venture,
we are bound to perish together. He is the only hope of the future
as he is the only Shining Star on the Horizon.
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17,1927(My ideal is equal distribution,) page-112.
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